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Foreign interest in Sabah Sogip
Published on: Wednesday, August 05, 2015
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Sipitang: The district will be receiving foreign investments worth many billion Ringgit to build mega projects related to the oil and gas (O&G) industry here.Member of Parliament Datuk Sapawi Ahmad, who disclosed this, said projects are expected to be constructed at the Sipitang Oil and Gas Industrial Park (Sogip) in Sindumin that will have a huge impact on the development of O&G industry and socio-economic aspects here.

"I was made to understand that several foreign companies have shown interest to invest in our oil and gas industry in particular in Sogip here that has a total acreage of 4.065-acre, as it is the only site exclusively for the O&G industry in Sabah.

"One particular investor is from Romania who have contacted the State Government through the Industrial Development Ministry to show their interest to spend their money in constructing a project in Sogip. Only the concerned authorities would know the details on specific project that Romania hopes to invest here.

"These upcoming projects would bring positive impact to the industry and development of infrastructure and social development as well as helping the government in bringing about rapid development in the O&G industry in the State," he said.

Sapawi said this to reporters during a Petronas Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG) Hari Raya Aidfil Fitri celebrations at a multipurpose hall here on Saturday.

Petronas through PCG organised the third Raya celebration since the launching of the RM4.9 million Sabah Ammonia and Urea (Samur) project which is wholly-owned by Petronas Chemicals via Petronas Chemicals Fertiliser Sabah Sdn Bhd.

Sapawi also presented PCG's donations totalling RM14,000 to seven surau here while PCG Project Directorate head Datuk Muhammad Shah Ali presented contributions of school bags, stationery and raincoats to the school children.

He also presented Raya green packets to children at the celebration attended by over 5,000 people.

Also present were Lumadan assemblyman cum Tourism, Culture and Environment Assistant Minister Datuk Kamarlin Ombi, Sindumin assemblyman Datuk Ahmad Bujang, Sabah Umno Youth Chief Yamani Hafez Datuk Seri Musa Aman, Petronas Chemical Fertiliser Sabah Chief Executive Officer Mohd Iskandar Bakeri, Petronas Sabah and Labuan Chairman Mohamed Firouz Asnan and other officials.

Sapawi said he was made to understand that another Petronas project would be set up in Sogip and is being considered.

With the expected three to four mega projects in Sogip , Sapawi who is also Sabah Foundation director said he is optimistic that ample job opportunities would be provided to the people and those in Sabah.

"Once the coming O&G projects are completed, not only will the economic aspect in the district be developed but the projects would also act as a catalyst to the nation's economic growth.

"For instance, the high impact Samur project which is expected to be completed next year will bring many huge benefits and spin-offs to the economic development here, the State and nation," he said.



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